After signing Juan Uribe, the Los Angeles Dodgers needed to free up room in their infield. They were able to accomplish just that by trading Ryan Theriot to the St. Louis Cardinals for Blake Hawksworth. The move will allow Uribe to play second base for the Dodgers, while Theriot will get a new start after struggling in his 54 games with the Dodgers last season.
Theriot came up in 2005 with the Chicago Cubs and played there until the Cubs traded him to the Dodgers last season. The 30-year-old played second base and shortstop last season and sports a career batting average of .284 and an on-base percentage of .348.
Hawksworth is an interesting prospect. He’ll likely be used out of the bullpen by the Dodgers — and should have a lot of success. As a rookie in 2009, Hawksworth had a 2.03 ERA in 30 games as a reliever. Last year, his ERA ballooned to 4.98 but a lot of the damage was done in eight unsuccessful starts.